Editor’s take: Commission to update COVID pass validity in early December

Most (Bridge), a party of radical right is gathering signatures at over 1,200 venues across Croatia for a referendum to regulate the work of the national COVID-19 crisis management team and abolish COVID certificates. [Shutterstock / rarrarorro]

The European Commission is expected to propose introducing a third COVID-19 shot in the validity of the EU digital certificate in early December, an EU source told EURACTIV. The scenario of having a third jab within nine months after the last vaccination seems to be prevailing.

EURACTIV has learnt that the Commission’s proposal is in inter-service consultation and will be presented in early December.

According to the current proposal, the certificate will expire nine months after the last dose of a COVID-19 vaccine was administered. Previously sources suggested twelve months after the last dose.

It is still uncertain what will happen to non-Europeans who want to travel to Europe. Sources said some Director-Generals (DGs) within the executive are pressuring for an obligatory PCR test even for the vaccinated.

(Sarantis Michalopoulos | EURACTIV.com)

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